Special meeting to include regular agenda

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL


Due to the cancellation of a regular city council meeting on Feb. 20, the Washington City Council will conduct regular city business in addition to holding the last budget special session when it meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Washington Public Library.

Washington City Administrator Brent Hinson said the council had approved canceling the Feb. 20 meeting because several of the council members would have been unable to attend, leaving a quorum questionable. The business scheduled for the meeting was moved to the special Thursday meeting. He doesn?t believe the budget session will last the two hours it normally does.

?One of the topics is the outside entity funding and we have had presentations from PAWS and More, the Chamber and Main Street in the last few months,? Hinson said. ?They will just be there to answer questions about the actual amounts.?

The budget is due to the state on March 15. Hinson said his hope is to hold the public hearing and final council consideration of the budget during the March 6 meeting. He said the council prefers to hold the pubhlic hearing during a regular meeting rather than to hold a special meeting.

Hinson said regular business that the council will consider includes the development agreement with Cornerstone Property Management to install a sewer hookup to the former Pamida building.

During its last meeting, the council approved a right of way services agreement with Cornerstone Property Management to install a sewer line to the former Pamida building at 1701 E. Washington St.

The council also approved a construction permit application to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The building has been vacant since 2009. Cornerstone plans to renovate and reoccupy the building. Hinson explained that the building is served by an out-of-compliance septic tank and that the sewer line to that area is on the other side of the highway, making it cost-prohibitive to connect with the building.

Cornerstone plans, with the city?s help, to bring the sewer to the building from the back of the property, through a farm field. The deal is that the city would acquire the necessary easements for the project and the sewer materials and to allow Cornerstone to use the commercial tax abatement.

Cornerstone will install the sewer improvements with its labor and at its cost. The hope is for the sewer to be constructed before planting season in the spring.

Hinson also said that the council will have a discussion with DeLong Construction and possibly set a public hearing regarding a donation of grading services for the proposed wellness park.